Peugeot 308 hatchback - Interior & comfort
The 308’s cabin is a highlight, with quality materials and excellent technology
The new Peugeot 308 is a very eye-catching family car; the new look features LED headlights with a distinctive shape, plus sleek bodywork and a large grille. There are even shield badges on the sides of some versions, which is reminiscent of a Ferrari if you’re feeling generous.
The interior continues the stylish exterior theme and it’s one of the best aspects of the car overall. It’s well designed and looks very smart and modern, plus the materials are great and there’s plenty of tech. We reckon it’s not far off something like an Audi A3, which is more expensive, and is comfortably a match for the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia.
Peugeot 308 dashboard
The dashboard looks better than the previous 308’s, while also proving far easier to use and interact with. The new 10-inch display screen is faster to load than the previous car’s smaller screen, plus it’s easier to navigate thanks to a new touch panel below that takes you to the main functions quickly.
It’s a shame that the climate control buttons are touch-sensitive, which makes them a bit of a pain to use while driving, but they’re relatively easy to use despite this, giving them the edge over the Volkswagen Golf's touch-sensitive sliders.
All models come with something called i-Cockpit, which is Peugeot’s name for its digital dial display behind the steering wheel. The screen displays lots of useful data as well as your speed, but it sits above a tiny steering wheel that takes some getting used to. Some drivers find they can’t see the dials in their natural driving position, so have to sit a little awkwardly. It’s worth checking this doesn’t apply to you.
The new version of i-Cockpit features 3D-style graphics in top trim levels, that look smart the first time you look at them but sometimes don't appear perfect on closer examination; you can see the two needles that make the 3D effect move separately, for example.
The trim levels in the 308 range are called Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium. All versions come with lane keep assist, driver attention alert, the 10-inch touchscreen and i-Cockpit displays, smartphone connectivity, LED lights and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).
Allure Premium has 16-inch alloys, climate control, parking sensors, a leather steering wheel, cloth seats, auto lights and wipers and voice recognition. Allure gets 17-inch alloys, sat-nav and online services, while Allure Premium has adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, 17-inch alloys and wireless phone charging.
GT models have 3D i-Cockpit dials, 18-inch wheels, leather-effect seats, auto LED headlights and a heated steering wheel, and GT Premium adds lane positioning assist, a 360-degree camera for parking, an electric tailgate, an upgraded stereo and heated massage seats.
Metallic paint costs £545, and you can add a tow bar (£790) and spare wheel preparation (£20), but options are minimal in the 308. Entry-level versions can add sat-nav for £1,100 but it’s better value to upgrade to a higher trim level if you want that. You can also add leather seats for around £2,000 to some versions, plus a panoramic glass roof (£1,100), a heated windscreen (£200) or an upgraded stereo (£800).